Waste management for campsites, caravan sites, and holiday parks is essential to both comply with legal regulations and provide your guests with appropriate bins for their rubbish. It also helps ensure the wide variety of waste types you and your guests generate are removed and disposed of in as environmentally friendly a way as possible – to help preserve the great outdoors.
Compared to some businesses, arranging commercial waste collection at a camping or caravanning site can introduce a few extra challenges. Nobody wants to be woken up at 5am by a noisy waste truck, for example. We help devise a waste management plan tailored to your campsite, caravan, or holiday park that satisfies you and your guests.
Discover everything you need to know about waste management for a campsite, caravan site or holiday park. Contact us online or call 0800 211 8390 today for a free quote for campsite waste collection from anywhere in the UK.
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What waste do
caravan and campsites produce?
Waste from a caravan site, campsite or holiday park comes from both the guests at the holiday park and the management team running the site. For example, any shops, cafes, or other onsite facilities contribute to the site’s waste. This means a wide variety of waste is produced that needs proper storage, collection, and disposal.
Some of the most common types of waste produced on campsites, caravan sites and holiday parks include:
- Food waste – scraps and leftovers may go in general waste bins, while any cafes or restaurants onsite can have dedicated food waste bins for storage and disposal.
- General waste – guests and staff produce general waste such as non-recyclable packaging, food scraps, and kitchen towels, which is often disposed of at landfill.
- Glass recycling – bottle and jars should be kept in a separate glass bin and then transported to a recycling facility.
- Toilet waste – toilet waste is stored in a septic tank and then released via a disposal drain or the sewer.
- Dog waste – most campsites allow pets and may have specific dog waste bins, although sometimes it’s mixed with general waste and taken to landfill.
- Greywater waste – water from showers, sinks, washing machines, and dishwashers is greywater waste, which can be recycled but is often flushed into a sewer.
Methods of campsite waste disposal depend on the type of rubbish removed from your site. We work on a zero landfill policy, encouraging recycling and diverting as much waste as possible away from landfill. There are two main methos of disposal for campsite, caravan, and holiday park waste:
- Recycling and general campsite waste collection is usually arranged with a waste removal service. The waste is transported to a recycling/waste centre for sorting and disposal in a relevant way.
- Water waste – including toilet and greywater waste – must be disposed of via a septic tank and then transported via a disposal drain to sewers.
For individual waste types, the methods of campsite waste disposal also vary. You can learn more about the specifics of disposal and recycling with our individual waste type pages.
Arrange collection of all waste types your campsite, caravan site, or holiday park produces with Business Waste. We provide free bins in a wide array of sizes that are suitable to safely store everything from general waste to glass, plastic, metal recycling and more on your site.
You just pay for collection – whether on a daily, weekly, or fortnightly basis. We realise the changing nature of running a campsite so you can easily adjust your collection services as frequently as needed. For example, we can significantly reduce our services during the winter months and increase collections during summer or a heatwave.
Thanks to our nationwide network, you can get collections anywhere in the UK – as we appreciate most campsites are in more remote locations. Our licensed waste carriers will come and collect your waste and transport to a nearby facility for disposal, so you can concentrate on running your site.
Call 0800 211 8390 or contact us online for a free quote for campsite waste collection today. Speak to one of or friendly and expert team and they can assess your site and advise on the best campsite bins, containers, and collection plan for your operations.
How does campsite
waste collection work?
Select your free bins
It’s quick and easy to organise commercial waste collection for your business.
Simply start by telling us the:
- Type of waste you need removing
- Size of bins you require
- Number of bins you want
We’ll provide you with a free quote.
When you’re happy with the type, number, and size of free bins, tell us when you need your bins delivering.
Let us know about any access issues where you want the bins delivering – such as locked gates, access codes and times. We’ll get you up and running in no time.
Fill up your bin
After the free bins arrive at your chosen location, fill them up with the agreed waste type.
Make sure you remain within any weight limits for the specific waste type and bin size.
Get your business waste collected
We’ll arrange waste collection at a time and frequency to suit you and the amount of waste you have.
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Regulations and codes
for campsite waste
The UK government definition of a campsite means all waste produced from a campsite is considered commercial waste. Therefore, it’s subject to laws that relate to commercial waste. However, the legislation states that waste produced from domestic premises at a campsite, such as from a permanent resident, should be treated as household waste.
There are many waste codes to consider when disposing of campsite waste. For example, the waste code 200399 governs the waste from portable sanitary conveniences only and must be followed at all times to ensure your campsite, caravan site or holiday park is safe and following the correct legal requirements for waste management.
There are many more waste codes for each type of waste, but not all codes may apply to your business. However, it’s your responsibility to determine which codes apply and use them appropriately. The easiest way to do this is by speaking to our expert team, who can advise and ensure your business is correctly storing and disposing of waste.
How to reduce
Reducing campsite waste at the source is the easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce the amount of rubbish your camping, caravanning, or holiday park generates. While a lot depends on the habits of your guests and any other facilities and businesses onsite, you can try and guide them in the right direction with these tips:
- Have multiple bin areas – the more bin areas you have, the less likely people are to drop rubbish due to not being close to a bin. Dedicated areas and bins for different waste types improves the chances of recycling too.
- Empty bins regularly – ensure you arrange regular bin collections as rubbish from overflowing bins can move in the wind and make a holiday park look untidy. Plus, it may add to pollution in the nearby environment.
- Use posters – placing posters and signs around your holiday park kindly asking guests to keep the area tidy and pointing out where the nearest bin area is will help remind people of the importance of not littering.
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What is a waste transfer note and does my campsite need one?
A waste transfer note (WTN) is a document that recognises the transfer of waste from one person to another. A WTN is needed so a clear trace of the waste can be identified – every load of waste received or passed onto another business or individual requires a WTN.
For a busy campsite manager or owner, organising WTNs can be a time-consuming and often-forgotten task. Luckily, Business Waste can provide, organise, and arrange WTNs for free, as part of our waste removal service.
Why is an effective waste management policy important for my campsite?
There are many reasons why it’s important to have an efficient and effective caravan park, holiday park and campsite waste management system in place. The two main reasons an effective waste management system is important is to protect your guests and your land.
Rubbish and waste, if stored and handled incorrectly, can cause both air and water pollution. This makes your land unsightly, unhygienic, and unpleasant. Rotting waste can release harmful gases that smell awful and are potentially hazardous. A functional waste management system ensures your guests feel safe and hygienic while staying on your land, and you preserve the quality and condition of your land and business.
Can you empty greywater on the ground in the UK?
Greywater is that from baths, showers, sinks, dishwasher, and washing machines (water that has not been in contact with faeces). There are different drains for greywater and rainwater. Greywater should be stored in a septic tank and then anaerobically treated before it’s reused. This is preferable to pouring on the ground, as traces of food, grease, and cleaning products may cause damage and pollute the soil.
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